Fattoria Valle Magica
Fattoria Valle Magica
4.5
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
Fattoria Valle Magica is a unique day out for anyone wanting to escape the stress of the city to gain freedom, space and fresh air. We rear rare breed donkeys, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens (and more), while focusing on ethical, ecological and sustainable farming methods. As a visitor, you can take our informative tour of the farm, meet and learn about each breed we keep and the products we make. If you want to enjoy a fuller experience, you can combine the tour with lunch, comprising of a tagliere of our salumi, sotto oli plus cheese and more. This is followed by a mixed grill of farm reared meats for you to cook on your allocated BBQ (charcoal & tools provided). Your lunch including 1/4 liter of local wine can be enjoyed at your private, open-air but shaded table. Visit our website to book your visit or one of our experiences including donkey trekking, aperitivo and more. In addition we have farm produced products you can buy at the farm to take home with you.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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mary k
Turners Falls, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
What a wonderful place! Our family had a lovely meal here on the evening that the restaurant opened. The food is fresh and delicious, the owner very welcoming and everything is sourced locally. Meals are prepared in a unique and tasteful way. Awesome! I recommend Fattoria Valle Magica very highly!!!
Written 14 October 2022
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Malta76
Attard, Malta61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
My family and i just spent a day at the farm.
We took the tour of the farm which was very interesting and educational not only for the children.Ralph really explained everything we needed to know about the farm and animals which are also very well kept.After the tour we had lunch and it was amazing ,also you cook yourself.
A truely amazing experience.
Highly recommended.
Written 18 August 2022
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izif_37
Ljubljana, Slovenia3,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Visitng the farm was a special event- due to the day of practicing pet therapy with donkeys! It was such a pleasure for the kids, and even older ones. Ralph guided us and explained all about farm with so many animals, mostly coming from the region . some really old breds. They try to live and work susteinable which can be senced even with quality food - salamies, cheese, pickled vegetables, even figs.. It is worth a visit for a different view of agricultural work and try excellent food and wine.
Written 28 September 2021
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Mark P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had a great time at the farm! The people running it are very friendly and we had great food and drinks. The place is beautiful with all the animals surrounded by hills.
I highly recommend people to go there, you will have an amazing time.
Written 29 August 2021
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Adrienne M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This was by far the highlight of our trip to Abruzzo. Valle Magica is one of the most unique farms I've ever seen and is very emblamatic of its staff that comes from all over the world! Each volenteer has their own inspiring story of how they came to fall in love with the farm and how it changes their lives! Our guide Elizabeth had so much passion and panache that she held even the most rambunctious child's attention! I would recommend anyone near the Gran Sasso to stop by and participate in this truly authentic experience of farm life in Italy ❤️🇮🇹🐖🐑
Written 1 September 2020
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Roberto
Hong Kong, China67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Actually visited in Aug 2018. Fascinating farm, preserving old breeds, using natural pest-control techniques. I’m no farmer, but it all looked good to me. And the food was excellent. A good day out.
Written 7 January 2020
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John H
Alexandria, VA90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Recommend by a friend who has settled in Abruzzo, and he accompanied us. Ralph, an Irishman, formerly worked for Virgin Bank and later ran Amazon Bosnia. He and his Dutch wife, Ninke, packed it in to start a farm in Abruzzo, buying land from a convent. They raise native Abruzzese donkeys, goats and pigs. We spent a fascinating and educational hour with Ralph, walking the grounds and learning abut the animals. Even my vegetarian daughter enjoyed it. We were then treated to a sampling of their charcuterie, and we bought some, nicely vacuum-packed, to bring back to the States. Locally, such meats retail for triple the price, and I have no idea what you would pay for this quality in the States. Certification is very difficult for such a small farm, so they don't export. They haven't applied for organic status, since it is time consuming and expensive, and it doesn't mean much in Italy. They had at least three work-away workers when we visited, two Israelis and a Californian. They recommended several interesting things to do in the area. It's out of the way, but from anywhere in Abruzzo it is well worth the drive. Even the vegetarian daughter enjoyed it.
Written 20 September 2019
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Ed1304
Castel Frentano, Italy75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018
I had been to Fattoria Valle Magia for lunch with a group and I thought it would make a nice day out for the grandchildren when they visited during the summer holiday. How right I was! They had a great time. ( and to be honest so did we.) I booked the Beasts and Burden experience which included a tour of the farm and lunch. We arrived sometime before 10 in the morning and didn't leave until 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and probably could have stayed later.

The experience started with us being greeted enthusiastically by the entire family. The dogs and cats seemed a bit more wary. Some of the children seemed determined to take over as our guides but Ninke quickly ushered us into the vegetable garden. This wasn't just a guided tour. Quickly we were all involved in picking herbs and vegetable that would form the key ingredients of our lunch. I was amazed how rapidly our grandchildren became enthusiastically involved in gathering our lunch. Usually trying to involve them in anything to do with food preparation only results in a muffled chorus of "I'm busy" or "In a minute" from behind a nearby screen. I was fascinated by the way in which Ralph and Ninke manage to grow so much produce using nothing artificial and little machinery. We were soon involved in one of their pest control methods when we released the geese into the vegetable patch to reduce the number of grasshoppers. Our next stop was the rare breeds of chickens, where our kids had the opportunity to feed the chickens, gather multi coloured eggs and even to handle some newly hatched chicks, again with a level of enjoyment that I have rarely seen them display except when killing aliens with ray guns. Next we went to feed the geese. OK this time it was difficult to tell who was most enthusiastic, the feeders or the fed. We then set of to walk through and feed the sheep, under the watchful eye of several of the Pastorale Abrruzese sheep dogs kept to protect the animals. By this time Ninke had gone to the kitchen and Ralph had taken over as guide. I was very impressed with the wealth of local stories and folklore Ralph and Ninke had amassed in the time there have been here. Whilst the kids ran about trying to stroke sheep, Ralph maintained a conversation full of interesting facts about the animals breeds and their husbandry. Next we arrived at the goats. Sadly there were no baby goats around at this time but probably the highlight of the day for all of us was watching our 10year old successfully milking a goat. Another useful life skill mastered. Next we went to the pigs. Again, like most of the animals here these were more slowly developing traditional breeds, unlike those raised intensively to add as much bulk as possible in as short a time as possible. Whilst I find it difficult to read the mood of pigs, these seemed exceptionally happy, especially the boar who was sleeping when we were there but Ralph assured us that when the mood took him he was quite capable of breaking down the heavily reinforced fence to get to the females in the next pen, who were now squabbling over the food that Jessica had just given them. Following the pigs, we went into the large chicken pen, where the kids were again involved in what quickly became a competition to find the most eggs or the eggs hidden in the most creative way possible by the hens. I was going to say our last visit was to the rabbits but they were in the process of being re -housed which was probably just as well because I think we would still have been there if our kids had had the opportunity to cuddle small furry animals. Actually the final part of the tour was a small pen of piglets which were equally entertaining. The kids had yet another opportunity to feed the animals and enjoyed immensely watching the piglets clambering over one another in their desperation to ensure they received their fair share.

After that we returned to the gazebo to eat lunch. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to write this until some months later so I am not sure I can remember all the things we were offered as part of the antipasta, but I know it was plentiful and wide ranging. I do remember the carbonara and the plentiful amounts of wine and in particular the homemade digestivo. I also noted that our kids, who can often be quite picky about food, ate just about everything put in front of them, enthusiastically. (Did I mention that our kids were enthusiastic about nearly everything throughout the day ?) and I certainly remember eating too much.

It is worth mentioning that as well as being an excellent cook Ninke, bottles a whole of vegetables and sauces and prepares a wide range of salumi and cold meats which are well worth trying. We came away with several examples of her produce which we consumed enthusiastically during the following days.

If like us, you worry that your children or grandchildren don't get enough fresh air, if you are interested in learning more about keeping traditional breeds of animals in as ecological manner as possible or whether you simply want a . a new experience the whole family will enjoy I would thoroughly recommend a day at Fattoria Valle Magica.
Written 24 August 2018
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flawfab
Maitland, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
We have visited for a couple of events. This hard working couple and their four small children are living life as it was in the stories of an old time Abruzzi farmer. They are raising Pigs ducks chickens sheep goats and an amazing assortment of other animals, and growing fresh vegs herbs and olives.
They are committed to to organic and sustainable farming techniques.They love to host children's activities and love to give children a petting experience with the animals.
They have working Abruzzo sheep dogs and a lovely batch of kittens when I was there.Everyone works there even the cats!
I thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of their farm.it is a stunning piece of land up a dirt road on the way up the mountains. I really enjoyed seeing the old farmhouse ruin down the back and oh what a view from there! Nimke showed us various native herbs on the way back then crouched down and milked a goat! She was so quick.The animals are trained with various calls to get them in and out of paddocks.
Nimke loves to talk to the old nonnas and discover their foodie secrets.She does delicious zucchini eggplant and capsicum preserves and they supervise closely the production of their own meat products. You can buy your own Abruzzi pig and have it butchered. My friends who in
introduced us ordered a turkey and invited us over. delicious !
Written 21 August 2018
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JaneKiddle47
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We have now visited the farm three times and we’ going again this week. We have been as adults and also taken our grandchildren who absolutely adore it!
The setting is beautiful, in a secluded valley overlooking the Tirino Valley. The family who own it are lovely, very welcoming and have four young children. The aim is to rear local, often endangered species through ethical, sustainable farming. The farm has sheep ( the ancient transhumance breed), goats, pigs, rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, and also Abruzzese sheep dogs, and (of course) cats! Visitors are able to feed, milk, collect eggs, and pick their own vegetables. It’s possible to book meals with the family, heavily recommended. We love the place and I know we will be regular visitors. There are a wide variety of experiences available on the website, something for almost everyone, though disabled access would be difficult.
Written 21 August 2018
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